Today marks the launch of New Zealand Mint’s new Star Wars Helmets Coin Collection. In a first for their officially licensed Star Wars collections, these are non-traditional, uniquely shaped coins which add an extra dimension to the design.
DARTH VADER HELMET LIMITED EDITION 2oz SILVER COIN – GET YOURS TODAY!
Naturally, this first coin replicates one of the most recognizable helmets, that of the iconic villain Darth VaderTM. After dueling with his former Jedi MasterTM Obi-Wan KenobiTM, his shattered body was subsequently sustained by specially built armor and this unique helmet that strikes fear into the hearts of JediTM and RebelsTM alike.
Not only is this Darth Vader Helmet coin minted in the shape of the intimidating helmet, but the use of 2oz of pure silver and an Ultra High Relief minting technique adds more depth to the design. Impressive. Most impressive!
The early design for Darth Vader wearing his helmet occurred between the end of January and the first few days of March 1975, when Ralph McQuarrie was brought in to paint five moments from the second rough draft for Star Wars in order to convince the officials at Fox to invest in the movie.
“Early in the script there was a description of Vader crossing between two ships in space so I created this mask so he could breathe in space, with a suggestion of teeth in the masks grillwork,” McQuarrie said. Although it was not until the fourth draft that Lucas wrote in more of the backstory of Vader where he ended up falling into a volcanic pit and needing the suit and mask that Ralph McQuarrie had come up with.
The obverse of the coin bears the Ian Rank-Broadley Niuean effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, confirming it as a limited-edition, legal tender coin. The mintage is set at only 5,000 coins worldwide – so you will need to get in early!
The coin will arrive nestled in black velvet inside a high-quality Star Wars branded coin case – perfectly angled to display the 3D aesthetic of the coin. There’s a Certificate of Authenticity inside. Along with the Star Wars themed outer box, this coin truly is a unique collector’s item, so it would be wise to lower your defenses and order one soon.
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